Sustainability Systems



The lecture began with a short discussion about climate change and how it affects us in our day to day lives and in the long run. We were given a brief about the documentary “Before the floods”, it is a film by Leonardo DiCaprio; the UN messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. It is a spectacular documentary in which DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change.

The documentary covered a lot of unpleasant facts and statistical data about climate change in order to bring about awareness among individuals. One topic I found very interesting was the Sumatra forests that have been exploited for obtaining palm oil which is the cheapest oil. The whole forest has been destroyed resulting in endangerment of wildlife, deforestation and pollution. In Baffin Island(Arctic Canada), ice caps have shrunk 50% from the 1950s causing rise in sea level.

I found certain facts about India very interesting, I’ve mentioned some of them: In India 30M people have no electricity and 30% have no access to power and 700M people use biofuel for cooking. In a 2015 forest fire, the carbon released into the atmosphere was more than the carbon released in an entire year in the US.

Overall the documentary brought about a lot of awareness, there were a lot of unpleasant facts and statistical data that helped bring out the truth about climate change. Climate change is a major issue, an issue that cannot solved by one individual or a group of people, everyone needs to take a step; companies, households, leaders and individuals. Some people want to make a change, some people don’t really care and other have two minds about it. With everything that is going on in people’s lives, most people wouldn’t have much concern for climate change.

Once we were done watching the film, we started talking about infographics. Infographics is a way of depicting information through graphic visuals, most common examples of infographics are pie charts and icons. Each of us were asked to take up one issue from the film, find out 10 facts about the issue and represent the information through infographics and bring it for next class.


Over the week, each of us had to chose a vertical and sub topic based on the film “HOME” and do thorough research on it and bring the information we gathered to class. I chose the vertical Aquatic ecosystem and my sub topic as coral reefs.

First I started researching about aquatic life and then moved onto coral reefs. I took reference from multiple websites, I took notes of the information so its easier refer to and understand better.

After taking down notes, I typed out the data in a word document along with facts and statistics. Some interesting facts were: (i)Coral reefs cover less than 0.2 percent of our oceans but they contain approximately 25 percent of the world’s marine fish species, (iii)approximately 30 million people depend on coral reefs for their livelihood and (iii)a coral is considered fast growing if it grows between 10 to 20cm in a year but some only grow millimetres in that period etc.

Once the lecture began, few of us had to present our research to everyone, one person from each topic. This way we understood a lot about others topics and how each topic bleeds out into another. People who chose fashion spoke about how politics and water is a part of fashion. It was really interesting to see how all the topics are interlinked and related in many ways.

For the next class, we were asked to continue our research and gain knowledge in our verticals and sub topics.

Sustainability Systems


Post a long holiday, Sustainability systems was the first class of the second semester. We were eager to know more about the course and what is has to offer. We had an interactive session, the main question was, “what is sustainability?” and everyone had a different approach to this question. Sustainability is the ability of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely.

Everyone shared their thoughts on sustainability and how to maintain a sustainable environment. The next big questions were, what else is sustainable? Is culture sustainable, Is politics sustainable? and so on. Each person had different perspectives to the question. I felt that in the long term culture is not sustainable, even now we don’t celebrate rituals and festivals the way our parents did, in-fact we don’t know half the rituals.

We discussed about sustainable ecosystems in Mumbai; the Worli Koliwada and Bandra village. Worli Koliwada is one of the oldest fishing villages in Mumbai; there are a community of people who’ve learnt to coexist over the years, they help one an another and grow as a community.

Later, we saw the film HOME. It was a spectacular documentary of how all of Earth’s problems are interlinked and they cover the creation of Earth to its current state. The film had various statistical and numerical data which was an eye opener and made all of us think about how insensitive we are to the Earth. 100 litres of water is required to harvest 1kg of potatoes, 1300 litres for 1kg of beef and in Los Angeles the number of inhabitants is equal to the number of cars and various other numerical and statistical data. Simultaneously we took down notes:


Once we were done watching the film, for the next week to do a detailed study on one vertical and a core study on a sub vertical. Collect information in the form of text from 3 online references, images and one live study.